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John Woo's next movie will be remake of The Killer

Also, Big Foot to come out of hiding
Oct 27
// Matthew Razak
Rumors of John Woo's action classic The Killer getting a U.S. remake (because we'd hate to just watch the original) have been occurring since before Flixist even existed. Directors have been attached and then left, a pos...
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Jungle Book Teaser

First trailer for Disney's live action The Jungle Book

Sep 16
// Nick Valdez
While I've been wary of Disney's current affinity for live action takes on their classic animated movies, I have to admit this looks pretty neat. Based more off of Rudyard Kipling's novel than the animated original, the Jon F...

Review: The Transporter Refueled

Sep 04 // Matthew Razak
[embed]219881:42589:0[/embed] The Transporter RefueledDirector: Camille DelamarreRated: PG-13Release Date: September 4, 2015  The Transporter Refueled is basically The Transporter, but with a different actor and four girls instead of one. Yes, there's some minor plot differences, but the general gist is that a professional driver, Frank Martin (Ed Skrein), is called into a job and then gets sucked into some drama he doesn't want to be in. In this case it involves a group of sex slaves led by Anna (Loan Chabonal) and his father Frank Sr. (Ray Stevenson). The premise, much like in the first films, is that this is very against Frank's rules and his personal coda. The problem with that premise is that it's never executed. Unlike in the original film where you felt like Frank was constantly upset by this shift in his life this time around it feels like he's all in from the start. It takes away one of the unique edges that the franchise had and instead of a character you get an archetype. Frank stoically goes from fight sequence to chase sequence on the most predictable path there is. His character never really gets pushed into interesting places, and that makes the rest of the flaws in the film stand out even more. Of course part of the charm of the original character was what Jason Statham brought to the role. Skrein brings none of it. Statham's charm, wit and style are replaced by what appears to be a very handsome wood carving. Skreim lacks the every-man demeanor that Statham brings to a role and that means that his Frank Martin is just boring. It doesn't help that he clearly doesn't have the fighting skills to handle the role. He's slow in the sequences he's in and the director has to overly rely on quick edits to make it seem like fights have impact. Not that Camille Delamarre (another failed Luc Besson protege) does very much with his directing. There are admittedly some fantastic ideas for fights and action sequences in this film, but Delamarre can't piece them together no matter how hard he tries. Chases are disjointed to the point of confusion leaving them uninteresting despite copious amounts of flipping cars. A fight sequence in an enclosed hallway with small drawers on its walls is completely wasted while the premise of Frank fighting along side his slowly moving car is awesome, but never executed in a way that makes it feel so. I made the horrible mistake of watching Mad Max: Fury Road the night before this. It was like watching the London Symphony Orchestra perform and then listening to a five-year-old smash his hands into a Casio keyboard. That's clearly not a fair comparison. Comparing anything to the best action movie ever isn't fair, but I'll do it anyway because we should start expecting more.  The film never commits to a style of action either. Switching randomly between a serious car chase movie and ridiculous uber-action, the movie just feels awkward all the time. When some sort of physics defying stunt occurs it feels out of place instead of awesome. If you're going to be ridiculous be ridiculous. Don't try to be grounded and then have your hero fly off a jet ski through a car window with pin point accuracy. Also, jet skis aren't cool. They're never cool. As an action film Refueled fails pretty hard, but it's even worse in terms of its treatment of women characters. Not to keep bringing up Mad Max, but this is the exact opposite of how that film perfectly pulled off a plot about kept and abused women. The four fleeing sex workers in Refueled were all kidnapped as children and forced into the trade. The movie attempts to turn their story into one of triumph over an evil doer, but they're still basically there as sex objects for Frank and his father to play with. What's the first thing these abused women do when Frank helps them escape? They show up in lingerie and reward him with sex. Haven't we moved past crap like that? Do we really need some empty love story just so we can have a sex scene, especially for a character whose entire drive is to be detached. The original at least kept its female "lead" clothed for the majority of the film. This one has them stripping as an older man ogles their body in the first 15 minutes.   Maybe I'm coming down incredibly harsh on The Transporter Refueled. After all it's just supposed to be a dumb action flick. The problem is it can't even pull that off. It's failure at even being popcorn fun opens it up to deeper and deeper ridicule. Honestly, we should expect more from our action flicks anyways. The world of action cinema has improved drastically since the original film released and yet this franchise seems to be going in reverse.
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Empty tank
Many people brush off the Transporter films as crappy, but the first two are actually great examples of 2000s action. The first was around for the birth of the cheap European action flick. Taken also falls into...

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Crosses fingers for standalone Quailman
Remember the 90s? Of course you do. Hollywood has been milking them and the 80s for the past decade, but the nostalgia factor of millennials is just taking over television and what better place to start than the Nickelodeon c...

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Theatrical release animated Scooby-Doo movie in the works

You pesky kids
Aug 17
// Matthew Razak
At some point we all had to admit to ourselves that Matthew Lillard, the man born to play Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, had aged out of the role. Thanks to that we all knew that no more live action Scooby-Doo films would be coming....

Review: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Aug 14 // Matthew Razak
[embed]219771:42550:0[/embed] The Man From U.N.C.L.E.Director: Guy RitchieRated: PG-13Release Date: August 14, 2015  The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is an old school, James Bond, spy thriller. Quite literally, really. Instead of updating the premise of the show -- an American and Russian spy team up to fight world threats -- to meet modern times they simply went back to the cold war setting of the show. Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) is an American spy and master thief and Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) is basically his Russian counterpart, but he's better at beating people up. They're teamed up to rescue a nuclear scientist from the hands of an evil Italian fascist named Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki). The plot involves his daughter Gaby (Alicia Vikander) and more fashion, travel and quick one-liners than three Bond films put together. Of course the basis for a film like this has to be the chemistry between its leads. Hammer and Cavill can both easily handle sharp dialog and dressing well, but can they do it together? The answer turns out to be: if they work on it. The chemistry is a little rocky at first, especially since everyone in the film has clearly been told to overplay their adopted accents. The two seem wary of each other for the first half of the film until they fall into a solid patter. Maybe that was intentional, but it makes for a first half that feels a bit awkward, especially with Vikander thrown into the mix as Hammer's love interest. What helps it along is Guy Ritchie's direction (some words I never thought I'd be saying). The film is free over his usual over indulgences or maybe they just fit into the glamorous setting better. The movie feels smooth and stylish throughout and almost has a rhythmic flow to it that ramps up the feeling of a classic 60s spy film. He paces his action surprisingly well and often completely ignores it in favor of a solid gag or split screen montage. It's quite an adept piece of work that feels unique in a summer of action blockbuster that stood out for great stunts, but not so creative direction.  The screenplay isn't quite as suave, though Ritchie tries to imbue it with a little more tension than it deserves. It features twists and turns aplenty, but they don't always pay off as they should. The movie attempts to do what I'm going to call micro-twists. Instead of one big twist (there is one of those too) a scene will be a twist in itself. Multiple times we're shown only half of a sequence only to be filled in minutes later on the rest of what happened. It's an interesting execution and definitely works sometimes. Other times it feels forced, as if Ritchie were trying to add drama to a scene that wasn't working. As a film reviewer it was just interesting to watch it being executed, as a basic audience member I could see it getting annoying. What isn't annoying is that when the movie is clicking it's just plain fun. Once you realize that Cavill's pin-point perfect American accent and Hammer's resoundingly stereotypical Russian are indications that this film is as much a send up of 60s spy thrillers as it is an homage things start working really well. There's a certain je ne sais quoi to the Connery Bonds and their likes from the time period that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. actually grasps at every so often. Considering that most films can't even come close every so often is pretty damn good.  The Man From U.N.C.L.E. concludes in such a way that it's pretty obvious that they want another franchise (where this leaves Ritchie for directing another Sherlock Holmes movie is anyone's guess), but I think it's just a little too quirky to get the audience to come. That might be a good thing in the end. The movie feels like something from out of the past, especially with its lackluster plotting. It's smooth and crammed with tight dialog. It forgoes big action for clever direction. It focuses on the spies and not the toys, even if it isn't so good at the spy thing. It isn't always successful, but when it works  The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is a film out of its time.
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Smooth operator
Does anyone below the age of 60 have super fond memories of the original TV show The Man From U.N.C.L.E.? I'm sure they're out there, but the new movie remake can't really be hitting on the nostalgia gas that hard when half t...

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Sword in the Chest

Disney also working on live action Sword in the Stone remake

More like Sword in the Chest
Jul 21
// Nick Valdez
Just after announcing their plans for a live action Aladdin prequel, Disney is literally just redoing all of movies now. Why not Aristocats next? Or a super depressing Fox and the Hound? Hell, give me a live action Goof Troop...
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The Crow

The Crow remake loses its lead, Jack Huston

And just like that our goth dreams die
Jun 16
// Matthew Razak
Man, am I getting tired of writing articles about The Crow remake hitting a snag, but every time we think we're finally on our way we once again run into a problem. Jack Huston, the guy who was tapped to play the title c...
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Can ya smell what Jack Burton is cookin'
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is currently in negotiations to star in a remake of John Carpenter's 1986 cult classic Big Trouble in Little China. The screenplay for the film will be written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, ...


See Poltergeist early and free

Washington DC and Baltimore screenings
May 15
// Matthew Razak
When it comes to remakes I'm not sold on Poltergeist at all. The original still stands on its own and updating it makes little sense. They're doing it, though, so we should probably watch it. It could be scary and now yo...
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Disney also making a live action Pinocchio

No strings attached
Apr 09
// Nick Valdez
Cartoons are getting live action remakes so often, we're going to need a new term for it. I'm thinking "live-actioning." Not the easiest word to say, but I'll just keep using it until someone suggests a better one (do so in t...

Winnie the Pooh is now getting the live-action Disney treatment

They'll guzzle up the very thing you prize.
Apr 03
// John-Charles Holmes
Hot off the heels of Beauty & the Beast, Mulan, and Tim Burton's Dumbo, Disney has announced yet another property to give a live-action adaptation-- Winnie the Pooh. The film will be written by Sundance film maker, Alex R...

Disney Developing Live Action Mulan

With all the strength of an etc etc.
Mar 31
// Jackson Tyler
Amy always hated the boardroom. It had the smell of cheap air freshener mixed with expensive furniture, the only trace of the minimum wage cleaners who worked tirelessly through the night so she could work tired during the da...

Bradley Cooper to make directorial debut with A Star is Born remake

A Director is Born
Mar 25
// Per Morten Mjolkeraaen
Bradley Cooper may finally step behind the camera to allow new faces a opportunity to shine and be handsome on-screen, as he is currently in talks to make his directorial debut with a remake of the 1937 classic, A Star is Bor...

Sony planning Little Women remake

You can't keep a good woman down
Mar 24
// Matt Liparota
Another day, another Sony reboot. This time around, the studio is looking to once again adapt the Louisa May Alcott classic novel about sisters in the post-Civil War era, Little Women, which was most recently in theaters over...

Live-action Beauty and the Beast has a release date

Emma Thompson and Kevin Kline join the remake set to release in 2017
Mar 17
// Matt Liparota
If Cinderella is anything to go by, Disney has made a good decision in greenlighting live-action adaptations of its own animated classics. Perhaps Cinderella's box office success over the weekend spurred the company to make a...

Tim Burton set to direct live-action Dumbo remake

Before you say anything, consider how cool Burton's pink elephant scene would be
Mar 10
// John-Charles Holmes
Disney has announced yet another in its long line of recent live-action adaptions of classic animated films. The upcoming project this time is Dumbo, the classic tale of a big-eared circus elephant who eventually learns to fl...

Goetz brothers set to direct Martyr remake

Because everyone wants a worse versions, but in English
Feb 09
// Matthew Razak
Martyrs may still be one of the more disturbing films I've ever seen, and it's even harder to decide if I liked it or not. A US remake of the film has been kicking around since the movie debuted in 2008, but it seemed pr...
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Except it's on a plane, because this is the 21st Century
Here's something pretty cool: David Fincher is directing a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train. It is being written by Gone Girl novelist/screenwriter Gillian Flynn. Ben Affleck is involved too. Here's something...


See Annie early and free

Washington DC, Baltimore and Norfolk screenings
Dec 10
// Matthew Razak
THE SUN'LL COME OUT TOMORROW! BETCHA BOTTOM DOLLAR! Oh sorry, I suppose you came here not to sing along with me and instead to get your passes to see Annie, which is fine, I suppose. You sure you don't want to sing? It'll be ...

Tony Jaa leaves kickboxer to be replaced by Van Damme

You were upset for part of that title then got really excited
Dec 02
// Matthew Razak
Reboots are better when the aging star of the original show up. It's  fact. I think. Maybe not. However, the Kickboxer reboot is definitely made better by he fact that Jean-Claude Van Damme will be showing up in it....

Review: Dracula Untold

Oct 10 // Matthew Razak
Dracula UntoldDirector: Gary ShoreRated: PG-13Release Date: October 18, 2014 In case the horribly uninspired title of the film didn't tip you off, Dracula Untold is the origin story of everyone's favorite vampire, Dracula (Luke Evans). Supposedly this is the untold origin story of how Vlad the Impaler, prince of Transylvania, became Dracula, prince of darkness. How that is an untold story I'll never know, but maybe they're referring to the fact that they've made it into a sort of superhero origin -- how Dracula got his powers. That's is how the film differs as it casts Dracula as a man who sacrifices his soul in order to save his son and people from the evil Turks.  The plot is almost to be laughed at as it truly only involves Dracula getting his powers then kicking butt, struggling with love and then kicking more butt. But man, does he kick some butt. The movie plays with itself just fine, turning the vampire into an action hero who kills an entire army why flitting in and out of a cloud of bats. They're clearly trying to make their own blockbuster hero universe with this as Dracula is far closer to some sort of Batman/Aquaman (control of animals of the night) thing than your classic take on him. If that sounds appalling to you then stay away. There are some seriously great one-liners in this move that are delivered with an earnestness that's actually quite impressive for how stupid the thing is. Somehow the film ends up being fun to watch as Dracula tears through armies of Turks. There's also some horribly cheesy yet fantastic visuals that pop up throughout the film, like a slow motion fall as Dracula, half bats/half man, tries to catch his wife from falling to her death. It is a great ball of melodrama in one shot and it works because how else are you going to do something this ridiculous? What is odd is that director Gary Shore, who has only done one short before this, is terrible at putting together his action sequences. They're choppy and hard to see, which is too bad because Dracula's flying/fighting antics would be incredibly awesome to watch with a more competent director at the helm. It's unclear why the film looks so dark since almost every shot has a digital background and they could have lightened it up easily, but it is a major determent to the stupid fun you should be having. With a better director that had a bit more skill Dracula Untold could have been a camp classic like the Universal monster films that inspired it. Instead it's just a bit of dumb fun. Dumb should really be stressed here. There are plot holes in the film that you can't even begin to think about without wanting to gnaw your arms off in frustration. Almost every aspect of it is designed around whether or not a shot will look cool. At one point Dracula (then Vlad) returns to the gave where he previously found the vampire who will change him. When he and his compatriots arrived there before it seemed like an easy climb. Upon returning he's shown in full armor pulling himself up a cliff to get there, cape billowing behind him. It's all for the sake of style and that style can pay off, but man does it lead to some dumb plotting. Where does that leave us with Dracula Untold? One of the most solid matinee/rental recommendations I've given all year. It is not a good movie or a great one, but there's plenty of entertainment and visual eye candy to enjoy. Expecting something from this film will ruin it for you, going in expecting nothing will mean you have a great time.  
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You probably think this movie sucks
Everyone listen. I'm going to pretty much surprise the crap out of you because by writing the next sentence I'm surprising the crap out of myself. I enjoyed Dracula Untold. I know. You've probably just decided that maybe you ...

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Here's a stunning first look at the CG animated Popeye

Sep 19
// Nick Valdez
If you were at all worried about the state of Genndy Tartakovsky's (the man who brought us Hotel Transylvania, Dexter's Laboratory, and Samurai Jack) take on Popeye, there's no need to worry anymore. Although this first foot...
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Summer Remake

We're getting another I Know What You Did Last Summer

Sep 16
// Nick Valdez
I Know What You Did Last Seventeen Years Ago was a big hit when it first arrived in 1997 during Kevin Williamson's golden age where he wrote scripts for films like Scream and The Faculty. And as such, it did well enough to ge...

Denzel Washington to star in Magnificent Seven remake

Reuniting with director Antoine Fuqua and a whole lot of awesome
Sep 10
// Matthew Razak
A remake of The Magnificent Seven has been in the works for years now with Tom Cruise at one point attached (maybe he still is). But with Tarantino getting ready to drop The Hateful Eight, a Tarantino homa...

Taylor Kitsch wanted for Raid remake

Horribly needless remake becomes even more horribly needless
Aug 05
// Matthew Razak
Every time I get reminded that they're remaking The Raid I want to punch everything in the face. It takes days to block this travesty out of my mind again, and now it'll take even longer since they're evidently casting s...

Disney's Jungle Book picks newcomer for lead

He'll be the only live action actor on screen
Jul 15
// Matthew Razak
No pressure 10-year-old Neel Sethi, but for your first role ever you're going to have to carry a big budget Disney movie based on a beloved book and animated film. Good luck. Judging from your photo you at least have the comp...

'Dumbo' is getting a live-action remake for some reason

the reason is money.
Jul 09
// Isabelle Magliari
Is Dumbo big with the kids these days? Did I fall into some sort of Rip Van Winkle-type cryo-sleep and wake up in a world where movies starring CG animals are well done and Dumbo, of all things, desperately warrants a live-ac...

Rumor: Mark Wahlberg to play the Six Million Dollar Man

We can reboot him, we have the technology
Jul 07
// Matthew Razak
Ever wondered what happened to that Six Million Dollar Man reboot that kept trying to get off the ground? Only vaguely, right? I mean of all the reboots possible who is this exciting? We've got enough super powered peopl...

WarGames does the director and writer thing for almost real this time

Dean Israelite to direct and Arash Amelt to write
Jun 25
// Matthew Razak
WarGames never really stood out to me when I originally saw it back in the day, but its a considered a classic and any 80s classic that exists must get a remake. Thus we've had a new one on the dock for a few years now. ...

Trailer for 'Leprechaun: Origins' is spooky hilariousness

Stop stealing this guy's gold!
Jun 12
// Isabelle Magliari
The fact that the entire Leprechaun film series exists (Leprechaun, Leprechaun 4: In Space, Leprechaun: In the Hood, the list goes on) is one of those amazing things that reassures me the world is secretly as weird as I want...

The Raid remake delayed but still happening

Luckily we can just watch the original
May 28
// Matthew Razak
For everyone who was sitting around thinking about how much they want to watch the most-likely-lesser-than-the-original remake of The Raid (pretty much no one) we've got some bad news. The film has been delayed. It was s...

Review: Godzilla

May 15 // Matthew Razak
GodzillaDirector: Gareth EdwardsRelease Date: May 15, 2014Rated: PG-13  [embed]217686:41480:0[/embed] Godzilla does the half reboot, half remake thing pretty well. The plot pushes the monster into modern times, but doesn't ignore his historical roots by starting off with the nuclear bombing of Godzilla back in the 50s -- a reimagining of the original Godzilla's story. From there we jump forward to the late 90s where the skeleton of a massive creature is discovered by Ichiro Serwizawa (Ken Watanabe).The skeleton isn't alone, though. There's something else. That something else attacks a nuclear power plant in Japan where Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) works and lives along with his wife and son, Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Flash forward to today and that something wakes up, setting off a chain of events that of course lead to some hot monster on monster, city destroying action. That may seem like a lot of jumping around in time, and it is. In fact Godzilla's biggest flaw is its opening where far too much time is spent setting up the characters and not delivering monsters. To be fair, part of the charm of Godzilla movies is the inane plots that run along with them. Let's not pretend that even the original's story is anything grand with its horribly veiled commentary on nuclear proliferation and truly terrible love story. The new Godzilla actually does a great job of capturing that campy feeling with a story that almost shouts to the skies that it was simply made to get monsters to destroy San Francisco. The issue is it revels in it far too much, pretending like we actually care for the characters when all we want is more action. The first third of the film is thus devoted, along with setting up Godzilla's origins, which is something that doesn't need to be done. Not even the great Brian Cranston can save the lackluster human side of this film as his part is too small. Also too small is the amount of times we actually get to see Godzilla fight. The movie suffers from missing another solid action sequence and thus relies on the disappointing humans once again. But, oh, those action sequences. Director Gareth Edwards knows how to direct monsters, as his previous, and aptly named film, Monsters, showed. When Godzilla is on screen duking it out with a M.U.T.O. (a new Kaiju designed for this film) it's almost magical and well worth sitting through the dull portions of the film to get to. Edwards has a fantastic knack for pacing the battle and it's easy to rank the fight in this film above those in Pacific Rim. What's really impressive is that with all the technology and money behind this Godzilla still feels like Godzilla. It's in part thanks to the fact that they've perfectly created a monster who is alive and yet still recalls a man in a giant rubber suit and partly because Godzilla somehow feels more human than any of the humans in the film. You'll recognize that feeling from the original films along with a ton of Easter eggs. Unlike the last Godzilla remake this one actually knows where it came from. I like to believe the stupid plot was almost entirely intentional and just unfortunately too much of it got into the movie. When the movie clicks (just for a reminder that's when Godzilla is on screen) it's tough to do anything but be excited. Alexandre Desplat's score helps with this immensely as it hearkens back to the original Godzilla without directly ripping from it. This is reflected equally in the rest of the film. The closest thing to relate it too is the nerdy joy you can clearly see in Sam Raimi's direction of the first two Spider-Man films. This was clearly made by fans. That's why, in the end, despite the flaws Godzilla works. It works as a reboot/remake because it's still a Godzilla movie despite the bigger budget and lack of rubber suits. The magic behind it is that it truly loves its past. Godzilla might miss out on the perfect film it could be, but it's definitely the film it should be. No need to see this in 3D, but it is stunning on IMAX.
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Lesson learned: Humans are boring, monsters are not
When that first roar hits you know they did this thing right. There's a chill that will go down your spine if you're a Godzilla fan. As he moves you'll wonder at how they found that perfect balance between rubber suit and act...

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Kickboxer remake

Kickboxer getting remade with kickass dudes

Kick! Punch! It's all in the mind!
May 14
// Nick Valdez
Normally I'm not fond of remakes or reboots, but when it seems like the newer version might be an improvement over the original, I don't really mind. The original Kickboxer was part of a long line of "Jean Claude Van Damme ki...

See Godzilla early and free

Washington DC and Baltimore screenings
May 09
// Matthew Razak
Godzilla is back and it's going to be frickin' awesome as long as it's as awesome as the lead up to the movie has been. Want to be awesome before everyone else? Flixist has you covered like Godzilla has had the city of Tokyo ...

Green Acres will be a movie

Official confirmation of remakes dying a slow death incoming
May 05
// Matthew Razak
Did you grow up with fond memories of the sitcom Green Acres gracing your television screen? Maybe as a kid you caught it on Nick at Night and thought it was kind of funny. It really wasn't. It was terrible, and now it's...

Review: Brick Mansions

Apr 29 // Nick Valdez
[embed]217684:41479:0[/embed] Brick MansionsDirector: Camille Delamarre Rated: PG-13Release Date: April 25, 2014 Brick Mansions is the story of the titular Brick Mansions, a housing project that's been walled off from the rest of Detroit. As all the government buildings in the area (schools, hospitals) have been shut down, Tremaine (RZA) and his drug and weapon ring have taken over. Tired of the route his home has taken, Lino (David Belle) has begun a one-man parkour war against the drug kingpin. Also Damien (Paul Walker), an undercover cop (who's cover is hilariously broken five minutes into his job) who has vowed revenge against Tremaine, is there. The two then find themselves in a mission to stop a neutron bomb from blowing up Detroit. Really.  But that's where the fun of Mansions truly lies. It amps up the insanity fairly quickly, and when you think you've caught up, it amps up some more. The film starts with a five minute shirtless parkour chase scene (showing off David Belle's fabulous talents) that ends with him jumping off a building in order to escape from an explosion. How you decide to absorb that scene will determine how you react to the rest of the film. Mansions' most unfortunate quality is that it's extremely divisive. If you're thrown off by the tone of one or two scenes, you won't be able to recover.  Thanks to a script by Luc Besson, there's a hefty amount of serviceable (and practically done) stunts, but Mansions suffers when someone isn't running from someone else. You just kind of have to accept some things to get back to the fun. Brick Mansions should for all intents and purposes be a critically bad film. It's full of bad dialogue, and bad acting, but every now and then a diamond appears in the rough. For every "I need a stronger gun" that's delivered in the most wooden way possible, there's a "Move, bitch!" that's sort of perfect. Mansions ventures into "so bad it's good" territory without falling into the standard pitfalls of the genre.  You see, my main issue with declaring a film is "so bad it's good" is the cynicism at the core of the statement. You get a film that's bad, but you're finding holes in it and harshly laughing at it. But that doesn't occur with Mansions, in fact most of the fun you'll have with the film is due to its sincerity. You're never laughing at how dumb something may seem, but the fact that Mansions attempts it in the first place with a straight face. For example Paul Walker isn't as mobile as his co-star, so his scenes are notably less fast paced. But in order to make up for his lack of movement, you get goofy set pieces like having Damien fight with a steering wheel or next to a fish tank. It all just kind of works out. And RZA stands out for the wrong reason. You can tell he's trying hard (and it's an appreciable effort), but he's just not an actor.  One of the bigger things I feel I have to mention here is while Brick Mansions is a remake of the French film, District 13, unlike other remakes it practically copies and pastes the original's plot, setting, and weirdness (even going as far as having David Belle star). While I'm praising Mansions' goofiness, I don't really know how much of that is original or is ripped from the remake. But for most, that won't be an issue. I've never seen the original, and I fell in love with Brick Mansions.  Because when Brick Mansions goes goofy with its premise, it hilariously (and entertainingly) goes all the way. When you accept the setting makes no sense (a walled off Detroit filled with cars featuring French license plates), and it's filled with awful Black stereotypes, you don't really care that there's a bomb plot. In fact when I saw a girl tied to a missile aimed at Detroit, I had such a big smile on my face I didn't care how absurd the whole thing was. Brick Mansions revels in an odd, yet sincere absurdity and it's all the better for it.  Brick Mansions is definitely a brick house worth visiting. You wouldn't like to live in it, but it'd be a nice fun weekend. 
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Mighty mighty, just lettin' it all hang out
Brick Mansions is a complete surprise. I had no prior knowledge of it going in (didn't know it was a remake of the French film, District 13), and decided to finally see it when one of the trailers managed to grab my attention...

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The Raid Remake

Director Patrick Hughes thinks the US remake of The Raid is really interesting

We'll see.
Apr 17
// Alec Kubas-Meyer
The upcoming remake of The Raid may be kind of unnecessary, but it's happening anyway, and now director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) has let loose a few details about his next project. "We have a really, ...
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Scarface remake in the works, Tony is now Mexican

"This is the tale of Tony Montana! Cubano flame with the Miami nuts!"
Mar 25
// Nick Valdez
Growing up, my dad brought me to quite a few Lowrider car shows. They're different from your average car show because they're certainly skewed toward a certain demographic. And that demographic loved themselves some Scarface....
New Grudge photo
New Grudge

The Grudge getting rebooted, new franchise to come

Papa's gotta brand new grudge
Mar 24
// Nick Valdez
Ju-On: The Grudge was a Japanese horror film in 2002 that hit it off so big, an American version was made (dubbed The Grudge, and starred Sarah Michelle Gellar) only two years later. A quick turn around during a time Hollywoo...

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